Babatunde Omidina, the comic Yoruba actor popularly known as Baba Suwe, has passed away.
Bolaji Amusan, president of the Theatre Arts and Motion Picture Producers Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN), broke the news on Monday.
Adesola Omidina, son of the comic actor, also confirmed Baba Suwe’s demise via his official Instagram handle.
The ace film star was said to have died after a long battle with an illness.
Born on August 22, 1958, the actor was married to Omoladun Omidina, a comedienne who died in September 2009.
Baba Suwe maintained his fame in the film industry for years, starring in several movies and winning many awards.
The film star had started acting in 1971 but came into the limelight after he featured in a movie titled ‘Omolasan’.
He became very popular after ‘Iru Esin’, produced by Olaiya Igwe in 1997, and later starred in hundreds of films.
Having been in the limelight for years, the actor’s troubles began after his arrest in 2011 by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) during which he was allegedly tortured on suspicion of ingesting cocaine wraps.
Although a Lagos high court had ordered that Baba Suwe be compensated with the sum of N25 million after no drugs were eventually found on him, the veteran actor lamented years later that he did not receive such funds.
Singer Kizz Daniel arrested in Tanzania
Singer and songwriter, Oluwatobiloba Daniel, aka Kizz Daniel, has been allegedly arrested in Tanzania after failing to show up for a paid concert in the country.
Fans of the singer who had gathered at the venue of his advertised show in Tanzania left in anger and trashed the place after he failed to show up, viral videos have shown.
The Buga crooner was scheduled to perform at the Warehouse, Old Nextdoor Arena in Tanzania, on Sunday night, as part of his Afro Classic World Tour.
Following his failure to show up, a video of angry fans trashing the show’s venue had trended earlier.
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In fresh videos trending on Twitter, however, the singer wearing a hooded jacket was seen being led into a police vehicle.
Voices could be heard in the background of the videos stating their displeasure with the singer’s attitude.
An angry voice was saying, “You will go in for it. You’ve caused damage in this country. I warned you yesterday.”
Though the singer is yet to address the situation, his fans have knocked him concerning his actions.
A tweep, @poojamedia, said, “Kizz Daniel does it in Nigeria, arrives late for shows & na beg he go just beg. E don carry Naija mentality enter Tanzania, dem don arrest am.”
Another tweep, @olamideofficial said, “The last time I said Kizz Daniel needs to fix up. Some people came for my head. Here we are again. Talent is never enough. If there is something causing these constant issues, it needs to be fixed.”
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Big Brother housemate, Beauty Tukura, was Sunday night disqualified after the ex-beauty queen had engaged in another brawl with fellow housemates after Saturday party.
The heated argument raised concerns that Biggie could issue her a second strike. She got the first strike last week for physically attacking Ilebaye.
Beauty, who appeared to be intoxicated, tongue lashed her love interest, Groovy.
She said Groovy’s dick is very small, and yelled at Phyna, other housemates who attempted to caution her.
This eventually led to her eviction from the ‘Level up’ edition as it is against BBNaija rules to engage in physical fight or use violence in the house.
Keyamo’s outburst disappointing, FG misinforming Nigerians –ASUU
The Academic Staff Union of Universities has dared the Minister of State for Labour, Festus Keyamo (SAN), to list some of the actions taken by the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari(retd.), to end the ongoing strike by the union.
The union also accused the Federal Government of not having the interest of Nigerians at heart.
Sunday PUNCH reports that Keyamo, the activist-turned-politician, during an interview on Channels TV had said the Federal Government had done all within its power to end the strike by ASUU.
Keyamo had also appealed to parents and guardians to “beg” the union while adding that the government had no plans to borrow to meet their demands.
ASUU declared a strike on Monday, February 14, 2022, at the University of Lagos, Nigeria.
The union blamed the government for failing to meet some of the lingering demands that it had presented before the suspension of its 2020 industrial action.
Some of the demands include the release of revitalisation funds for universities, release of earned academic allowances for the staff of universities, release of white paper of the visitation panel to universities, deployment of the University Transparency Accountability System for the payment of the salaries and allowances of lecturers, renegotiation of the 2009 ASUU/FGN agreement; stoppage to the proliferation of universities by lawmakers and other government officials.
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Replying to Keyamo’s claims, the National President of ASUU, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, in an interview with Sunday PUNCH in Abuja, expressed disappointment at the claims by the minister.
“When I listened to him yesterday, I felt very disappointed. We are in a country where someone who has risen in the legal profession can come out to completely misinform the public. It is so sad and I feel so pained.
“We are challenging him to mention one of the things the government has done on all the issues that led to the strike. How much has been released for the revitalisation fund for universities? How much has been released for the payment of the earned academic allowances? Has the visitation panel report been released? This is a demand that does not even have to do with money,” he said.
He added, “Have they signed the agreement that was negotiated between their team and ASUU? On the issue of IPPIS and UTAS, have the results been made available? These are the questions Nigerians have to ask them. The demands that don’t have to do with money, have they met those demands?
“I am so disappointed. This is someone who was on the street fighting for the poor Nigerians until he joined politics. This same man has turned around to fight the Nigerian people. We challenge him to tell the Nigerian people what the government has done concerning the seven demands that were listed. It is so sad, and that is why Nigeria is where it is today.
“These people do not have the interest of Nigerians at heart. Nigeria is battling all manner of things. Insecurity, education is on lockdown. They have not released one kobo, I’m saying this with all due respect. The government has not released one kobo to any university since the strike started, but you are giving N1.14 billion worth of vehicles to government officials in the Niger Republic.
“You know why they don’t believe in Nigerians. If their children were to be in our schools, they would have done something”.
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